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Greene, Thomson Launch Party Planned at Conference
January 31, 2020

A book-launch party for “Step into the Circle,” by Amy Greene and Trent Thomson, will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, Feb. 7, at Walters State Community College. The launch is part of the college’s 11th Annual Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Culture and Scholarship.
Greene and Thomson, a married team, will give a presentation on the project Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. All events related to the conference are held in the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex on the Morristown Campus. 
“‘Step into the Circle,’ like Mildren Haun’s ‘The Hawk’s Done Gone,’ shows us the beauty, suffering, and redemption of our landscape and people,” said Kelsey Solomon, an instructor and chair of the Conference.
“Including Amy and Trent and their book, ‘Step into the Circle’ in the lineup for this year’s conference was a natural choice. This book shows that modern Appalachia is alive and well, just like the Jack tales we’ll be hearing at the conference.”
“Step into the Circle: Writers in Modern Appalachia” combines photos with profiles of Appalachian writers, with all work contributed by other writers. Among those featured are Wendell Berry, Lee Smith, Crystal Wilkinson, Ron Rash, Wiley Cash and Silas House. Copies will be available for sale at the conference. 
Greene is a Hamblen County native and the author of “Bloodroot,” a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel, “Long Man,” was a Washington Post Top book of the Year. Thomson holds a master’s degree in literature and theology from the Sewanee School of Letters. Thomson edited “A Week in Waiting,” a collection of poems written by Fr. Anthony Delisi. He has published scholarly works on Thomas Merton and Wendell Berry.
The conference honors the legacy of Mildred Haun, a Hamblen County native and the author of “The Hawk’s Done Gone.” The book, originally published in 1940, is considered a classic in Appalachian literature. 
All activities associated with the conference are free and open to the public. For a complete list of activities, visit

In the photo: Authors Trent Thomson and Amy Greene are pictured on their East Tennessee property, Bloodroot Mountain. A launch party for their book “Step into the Circle: Modern Writers in Appalachia” will be held on Feb. 7 as part of Walters State’s Mildred Haun Conference.